End Child Poverty, a coalition of 70 UK charities, Unions, faith groups and professional bodies who see the impact of child poverty every day believes that child poverty does not need to exist. And that with ambitious policy making, government can take a lead in ending child poverty.
The coalition - of which the North East Child Poverty Commission is a member - has just published its manifesto for the 2019 General Election. This states:
We are calling on all political parties to set out ambitious manifesto commitments - informed by the experiences of people living in poverty – to end child poverty in the UK:
Restore link between benefits and inflation
Make up for the loss in the real value in children’s benefits as a result of the 4 year freeze and sub-inflation increases in benefit rates
Lift both the benefit cap and the two-child limit in child tax credit and Universal Credit
Reform Universal Credit starting by ending the five-week wait.
Ensure housing support closes the gap with and keeps pace with local rents
Reverse the cuts and re-invest in children’s services such as social care, mental health, education and childcare
You can read a full copy of the End Child Poverty manifesto here.
Work has to be a better route out of poverty. Most poor children have a working parent.